BOSTON (AP) - As temperatures surge into the upper 90s for the second straight day, Northeast residents are flocking to local beaches, pools and ice cream shops.
In New York and Washington, D.C., temperatures reached 94 degrees before noon Thursday. Philadelphia was 93 degrees and climbing, and Boston hit 92 degrees. With the heat index added in, the air felt several degrees hotter.
With high heat and humidity forecast across the region, public health officials urged people to avoid strenuous outdoor activity and to remain hydrated.
They are also warning residents to not leave pets or children in vehicles as temperatures can quickly escalate and lead to heat stroke and death.
Wednesday was the first official day of summer. It saw record-setting temperatures from New York City to Burlington, Vt.